When FADER spoke to Jessie Ware at the end of 2013 about her upcoming second album, she hinted at how her songwriting had become "more settled." That approach is clearer than ever on the heart-thumping ballad "Say You Love Me," the second single to surface from Tough Love (out via PMR/Island on October 6 in the UK, October 21 in the US), which is nothing short of anthemic. Step in Shura, London's purveyor of rough-hewn 80s-referencing slow jams, to make things a little more unsettled for her official remix; all pitch-shifted melancholy, the sparse rework amps up all the momentary pauses and breathy inflections in Jessie's delivery to create something devastatingly intimate. Listen below, with tissues at the ready.
August 23, 2014